After people losing their lives in pothole-related accidents in Bengaluru, the city has been battered by a heavy downpour and unfortunately, it has led to more deaths
After people losing their lives in pothole-related accidents in Bengaluru, the city has been battered by a heavy downpour and unfortunately, it has led to more deaths. In the latest horrific incident, an 18-year-old girl drowned in an overflowing sewer in East Bengaluru, as per a TOI report. With this, the death toll has turned 14 in the city. As per the report, Narsaamma, a construction worker, had gone to relieve herself when she drowned in the drain around 7 AM, on Sunday. She was staying at a temporary shed with her parents in Krishnappa Garden, near CV Raman Nagar, adds the TOI report. The Byappanahalli police told TOI that Narsamma might have lost her balance and tumbled into the overflowing drain. Passers-by rushed to save her but were unable to prevent save her. The body of Narsamma was later recovered 500 yards away from the spot.
Shilpa Abhilasha, corporator, New Thippasandra ward told TOI, “The girl was part of a group of 3-4 women who had gone to relieve themselves near the stormwater drain. Due to the heavy rainfall the night before, the water level in the drain had risen to about 5 feet, and the girl fell into the drain. The women with her tried to rescue her in vain.”
There seems no respite for the Bengaluru residents as the MeT department has predicted generally cloudy sky in and around Bengaluru, one or two spells of rain and heavy showers in some areas in the next 48 hours. MeT department officials also suggested the city has witnessed about 1,620 mm of rainfall this year so far, breaking the record of about 1,600 mm of precipitation in 2005, as per an Indian Express report.
The Chief Minister of the state has asked the administration to release compensation of Rs. 5 lakh for the family of victims, as per a report by NDTV. The incessant rainfall over the past two months has made 2017 the wettest year for Bengaluru city.